Tag - covid-19-variants

 
 

COVID 19 VARIANTS

Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 15, 2022
COVID deaths a concern in Japan even as new cases appear to be peaking
Infections are beginning to decline nationally, but experts say it is still too early for people to let their guard down — and that other virus benchmarks will continue to rise.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 12, 2022
The era of pandemic restrictions is fast coming to an end
While the world has changed since early 2020 and new approaches to restrictions are justified, health officials warn that the coronavirus remains part of our reality.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 10, 2022
The 'stealth' subvariant of omicron is spreading in Japan. What impact could it have?
A look at the two known types of the omicron variant and what BA.2's spread could mean for the nation's health care system.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 5, 2022
Younger Americans benefited less from COVID booster shots than older people
Several recent studies have found that vaccination alone, without boosters, remained strongly protective against severe illness and death in most people, even after omicron's appearance.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Feb 4, 2022
As COVID cases surge in Japan, is a state of emergency the way to go?
Record nationwide cases have moved the question to the top of the agenda, but some prefectures and experts are skeptical about what such a move really achieves.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / EXPLAINER
Feb 2, 2022
What you need to know about recovering from COVID-19 at home
To lower the burden on health care systems, the rules for self-isolation are changing — here's a rundown of the latest from the health ministry.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 2, 2022
Japanese economy at risk of shrinking again due to omicron
Many Tokyo-based economists are among those warning that the omicron wave could trigger yet another quarter of negative growth for the world's third-largest economy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 2, 2022
A normal supply chain? It’s ‘unlikely’ in 2022.
For those who keep tabs on the global supply chain, the very concept of a return to normalcy has given way to a begrudging acceptance that a new normal may be unfolding.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Feb 1, 2022
Japan scrambles to speed up slowest booster rollout among developed nations
Less than 4% of all residents have received their booster, with the rollout stymied by initial plans for an eight-month shot interval and a seeming preference for Pfizer's vaccine.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / EXPLAINER
Jan 31, 2022
Looking to get your booster in Japan? Here's what you need to know.
Efforts to increase the administration of boosters are ramping up, with a mass vaccination site run by the Self-Defense Forces having opened in Tokyo.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 30, 2022
When omicron isn’t so mild
Throughout the pandemic, some people have been at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because they have underlying medical conditions, like asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 29, 2022
Japan sees record 84,936 COVID-19 cases as Tokyo hospital bed occupancy rate reaches 48%
Tokyo confirmed 17,433 COVID-19 cases and three deaths Saturday, with the case figure falling slightly from the record high reported a day earlier.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 29, 2022
Japan cuts quarantine for those entering country from 10 days to seven
Japan's business community, among others, had called for the period to be shortened by taking into account the omicron variant's characteristics.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Jan 28, 2022
Omicron has fueled a rapid COVID surge in Japan. Still, the endgame may be in sight.
Some experts are optimistic that more treatment options, a high vaccination rate and a so-far lower mortality rate could herald a transition from pandemic to endemic.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 28, 2022
Japan to shorten isolation period to seven days for COVID close contacts
The National Institute of Infectious Diseases said that 94.5% of omicron patients tested positive within seven days of coming into contact with the virus and 99.2% within 10 days.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 27, 2022
Okinawa may be emerging from the omicron wave. Will the rest of Japan soon follow suit?
After a surge starting around New Year's that brought the prefecture's daily case count nearly 2,000, new infections have steadily dropped in recent days.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Jan 27, 2022
Day cares struggle to stay open as COVID-19 surges across Japan
On Monday, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry announced that a record 327 licensed day care facilities nationwide were closed as of Jan. 20 due to the virus.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 27, 2022
Omicron subvariant appears more contagious but not more severe, Denmark says
The BA.1 lineage currently accounts for 98% of all cases globally, but in Denmark it has been pushed aside by BA.2, which became the dominant strain in the second week of January.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 27, 2022
Moderna starts trial for omicron-specific booster shot
The news comes a day after rival vaccine developer Pfizer Inc. launched a similar trial.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 26, 2022
Japan set to miss booster target as omicron muddles rollout plan
About 2.6 million people had received their third dose as of Tuesday, about 18% of the target for January, according to government figures.

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